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    Can these blocks be used creatively? -- ideas are welcome

    I have been given about 30 orphan blocks and wish I could think of something creative to do with them. The picture shows a few of them. They look pretty good at a distance.

    Size of blocks is not consistent, and unfortunately the quilter who made them struggled with accuracy. A lot of the fabrics used are nice quality. I am thinking there must be some kind of scrap quilt that could be made by slicing up these blocks somehow.

    I think we have to think outside of the box on this one, because the box is NOT square!

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    How large are the blocks? are you wanting to use all of them in one project or do you want to split them? I think we need a bit more information to help. I think they are lovely blocks.
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    Can you match some of the sizes to make mug rugs, placemants, or table runners?
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    Here's what I would do. I would measure the biggest one & add black borders onto the others till they are all the same size. Then I'd use red sashing as I sewed 'em together. Then I'd make a small red border then a wide black border to finish it off. Now you do what you want & it'll be great.
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    If you have so many you could probably pick the closest in size and use in a quilt. I would trim them to get them all close to the same size the ones that can be trimmed. Then I would put a border or sashing in between each block. I would probably use black and see if you can make a lap quilt out of them.

    It looks like it might have been a block exchange at one point? If it doesn't work out the way you want it you can always machine quilt it and donate it. Someone will really like it. You have some beautiful blocks there!
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    I got to thinking & you could also make attic windows after you get 'em the same size.
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    This answer may not be politically correct, but if they were mine then I would pass them on to someone else. It would take more of my time to figure out how to salvage them than to start over and make new blocks using designs and fabrics of my own choosing. I hate dealing with a mess, even if I'm the one who made it. However if you really want to make use of them, I like Wine Woman's suggestion.

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    They are 12" -13" and everything in between. No, I don't need to use them all up. Perhaps smaller projects would be more manageable for me.

    I think this was a sampler project, although there are a few duplicate blocks. I am pretty sure they were all made by the same person. Triangle points are cut off, and corners don't match in many places. On most of them the quality is not really too good, but the colors are beautiful.

    Thanks for the ideas so far!

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    Look up how to set the blocks "wonky". That is where you add the sashing and then intentionally recut them on a tilt. It will hide any size difference and is quite easy. I've been wanting to try the Sahadowbox pattern and these blocks would look good in that style too. The only block I might take out of the ones pictured is the orange one. All the rest will look great together. Good luck .

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    I would use all but the orange and black one and make it into a quilt.

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    http://www.maryquilts.com/twisted-9-patch/
    Here is a pattern that shows how to do the wonky blocks. I think these would look great in a wonky quilt.

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    If the sizes are the same ... then use a multicolored or black sashing/background.

    If the sizes are different and you want to still use them all. Then that is a different story. You could still use the sashing/background as above but the blocks would then have to be sized with the sashing/background so they would fit well .... unless you are into being very creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    I would use all but the orange and black one and make it into a quilt.

    me too, the wonky block idea would work, OR what dublb said, LOL, I would probably, go with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Look up how to set the blocks "wonky". That is where you add the sashing and then intentionally recut them on a tilt. It will hide any size difference and is quite easy. I've been wanting to try the Sahadowbox pattern and these blocks would look good in that style too. The only block I might take out of the ones pictured is the orange one. All the rest will look great together. Good luck .
    we've been talking about this all day on 3 different threads and I agree with tartan completely...it's exactly what i would do with them.... start with 2-3 inch sashing all round, tilt good square ruler and cut the wedges, making sure you get some color all the way along... they will all be the same size on the outside but the amount of the wedge will be different sizes... they look like they need to be pressed really hard with starch and try to get them as flat as possible before adding the strips to the sides...with what we see here i would use black wedges and bring in some more color with the outer borders... but that's just me... picking the brightest color in each block would be great too... this is your chance to really fly with a design and see what is really cool... you didn't spend huge amounts of time or money to get this far but you can bring it back with just a little bit of both...have fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    Here's what I would do. I would measure the biggest one & add black borders onto the others till they are all the same size. Then I'd use red sashing as I sewed 'em together. Then I'd make a small red border then a wide black border to finish it off. Now you do what you want & it'll be great.
    This is just what I'd do, except I'd fix that top right block. It looks like it is just a half square triangle unit that needs to be turned around. Actually not sure if you explained it well Bev. Do you mean to say to add borders to all the blocks then square them up to be the same size?

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    If you add sashing to all of them and cut the sashed blocks to the same size, you could finish it. Not much you can do about the chopped points unless you want to take them apart and resew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    I have been given about 30 orphan blocks and wish I could think of something creative to do with them. The picture shows a few of them. They look pretty good at a distance.

    Size of blocks is not consistent, and unfortunately the quilter who made them struggled with accuracy. A lot of the fabrics used are nice quality. I am thinking there must be some kind of scrap quilt that could be made by slicing up these blocks somehow.

    I think we have to think outside of the box on this one, because the box is NOT square!

    Dayle
    I'd pull the orange one out and set it aside for something else. Square up the blocks the best you can, or maybe sew a tiny border on the smaller ones to make them match better-------------------then set them together using black since that seems to be the common thread.
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    I agree with Dublb, although I would probably put them on point or on other angles (after a strong session with sizing and an iron) Like Newbee3, I would probably skip at least the orange one, but that's MY taste talking. My usual approach with my own errors and some printed squares is to encorporate them into scrapy blocks, where they provide a good focus for each block.

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    it looks like they all have black in them, maybe you could use black in between them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    Here's what I would do. I would measure the biggest one & add black borders onto the others till they are all the same size. Then I'd use red sashing as I sewed 'em together. Then I'd make a small red border then a wide black border to finish it off. Now you do what you want & it'll be great.
    I would do this too....you might end up with just a black border of less that 1/16th but they will all be the same size...too nice work to cut up...IMHO
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    i would be tempted to put 'triangle' sashing on each of the blocks so the blocks are framed at an angle. then you can trim those to the same size to sew them together in a quilt.

    oops, should read the other posts first. i see others had this same thought
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    Once you put a border around each block you have them all the same size. Then you could use them together. You could make a quilt with it and safe some blocks for matching pillows.

    To use them individually your creativity has no limit. Pillow cases, Totes, pincushions, table runners, mug rugs, aprons, pot holders, hot pads, etc..

    Get inspired by all the suggestions and find your own path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i would be tempted to put 'triangle' sashing on each of the blocks so the blocks are framed at an angle. then you can trim those to the same size to sew them together in a quilt.

    oops, should read the other posts first. i see others had this same thought
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    Quote Originally Posted by gayle bong View Post
    This is just what I'd do, except I'd fix that top right block. It looks like it is just a half square triangle unit that needs to be turned around. Actually not sure if you explained it well Bev. Do you mean to say to add borders to all the blocks then square them up to be the same size?
    Yes, that is what I meant. So sorry. Make each block have a different size border then square each of 'em up to the same size block. I also like the "wonky" idea. Clear as mud?
    The colors could anything. I just put the colors that I would've used.
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    Thanks, everybody, for suggestions! I think I will weed out the most poorly done blocks, which are bothering me a great deal. Once those are out of the mix, I will feel more enthusiastic about doing either straight or wonky borders and getting the blocks the same size for a smaller quilt.

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